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The aroma of this tea is so inviting – it smells like a comforting combination of roasted chestnuts and maple syrup. These flavors shine in the taste as well, as long as I reduce the steeping time to about two minutes (the packaging recommends four, but I find that it makes the tea way too bitter). This is a great flavored black tea for the colder months.
Flavors: Chestnut, Maple Syrup
I’ve had this once before, and hadn’t been sure what to make of it. I figured, whatever, I’ll try it again later. Now is this later.
It’s very subtle, but has a very fascinating, soft floral flavor to it. It’s refreshing and smooth, and at one point I just got a very faint fruity note. At first I thought it was silver needle but a lower quality, but no- same region, yes, but not the same exact flavor by a long shot. Floral, soft, subtle, light- it’s something, but very much appreciated for what it is.
Pegging it in momentarily as “wouldn’t recommend” as most folks I know like nonwhite teas, and that for a white tea, the flavor is nonetheless pretty quiet rather than other white teas I’ve had. It’s certainly not “meh”- from a 50, up to 60 for the unique complex flavors (however soft) and up to 70 for the fact that it stands out on its own from other white teas.
Flavors: Drying, Floral, Smooth
Currant smells like the wonderfully unique berry flavor that it is. It’s in between sweet and tart in this black tea, and isn’t cloying nor artificially flavored, nor is it rough and tangy enough to curl the tongue. It’s slightly dry after drinking. We brewed this iced first overnight, and it tastes great! This would be the tea to turn to if you’re tired of the usual big berry flavors (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry) but still want something berry-ful. I couldn’t remember what currant tastes like since it doesn’t seem to be commonly available where I live, and didn’t have much hopes for it since I picked it up on a whim. I’m really glad I did! I love it. Trying it warm will also be a treat.
I’m rating it as an 80 since it’s not an over the top outstanding tea, but it’s a humble and simple one. I’m also rating it lower than 100 since it’s not a favorite, but extremely good for what it is. :)
Flavors: Berry, Black Currant, Smooth, Sweet, Tart
So this is my second fill of the Fujian Silver Needle tea; my first had been a sample that blew us away (us= my fiance and I). We had gotten the sale on the 3-oz tin not too long ago. It has a very light floral, subtle, complex flavor of very refreshing feel. Before we had been using 1 tablespoon per 20-oz cast-iron tetsubin; this is much better with 1.5 tablespoons for a slightly richer taste. Want to say almost cucumbery accent, though I know that’s not right. It’s a very unique taste, but by far, a most excellent, top-notch tea and our favoritest so far of the master teas (we’ll be trying other master teas shortly).
Flavors: Camphor, Cucumber, Floral, Honeydew, Smooth
This is strong black tea, better brewed a little cooler because it tends toward bitterness. I get a caramel flavor with, unsurprisingly, a faint bit of apple. It’s not very strongly flavored, which is probably good because I suspect the flavor could easily taste artificial and sweet. However, since there’s just a hint of it, it’s actually pretty enjoyable.
Flavors: Candied Apple, Caramel
I probably should just purchase a 3-oz bag, since I very much like the flavor and am on my third sample size. >_> It’s sumptuously raspberry despite the apple bits and hibiscus inclusions, and is a very full-bodied flavor. I wasn’t expecting much when I first got it as a newbie to Adagio- but I’m so glad I did! I had been thinking Celestial Seasonings’ “raspberry zinger”… this blows that right out of the water!
Very, very much a favorite and especially tastes divine both iced or hot- it doesn’t matter.
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy
I really like how bright this is. I’m very new to Ceylon tea vs regular black teas and other tea types, so the brightness of the ceylon really lended itself to the strawberry flavor, making it upbeat with a perk, and only a slight bit of sugar. The nose it gives off in the bag is great, and the flavor is definitely strawberry-y enough for me. Great stuff. :) I really like mixing it half and half with cream tea also. I do agree that it could be even more juicy and in-your-face strawberry, but it’s enough to be cheerful and satisfying in the morning! Love it.
Ever since I tried a black tea that had creme notes in it, I fell in love with how much it rounds out the traditional black tea bitterness. This is wonderfully smooth, smells like marshmellows but with a crisp edge to it, and it’s just… it’s literally a hug in the mouth. It’s amazing stuff. I’ve been having a blast mixing it into other teas, too! (Strawberry cream? Raspberry cream? Oh yeah. :D ) I’ve had it both cold and hot, and it does taste fuller warm- but that’s to be expected.
Flavors: Cream, Smooth
This really wasn’t my thing. I was hoping for a nice fresh apricot in flavor along with green tea. I remember it keenly; the heat of the nicely brewed cup threw the taste off (and being cold didn’t do it any flavor favor either). The apricot flavor was wonky, cloying and a bit too “darker orange” in taste rather than tasting like apricots. It just wasn’t my thing; the tanginess turned me off also.
Flavors: Apricot, Citrusy, Green
I am an absolute vanilla fiend- only if it’s really good, authentic vanilla flavor. You could even go so far as to call me a vanilla snob. Vanilla extract from a grocery store? Oh,
no. Not at all good enough; I’ll drive an hour round trip out of my way for good Madagascarian bourbon vanilla beans in extract handmade by local experts and pay the $$ for a little bottle. That said, this green tea is perfection in a cup. It may well be my number one tea ever, though I’m loathe to call it that for now since I do like variety.
It has an incredibly sweet nose to it and it really delivers that in flavor. With a regular green tea one would expect a bit of an acidic bite at the end of the flavor- not so with this tea; the vanilla really delivers here and rounds out all of green tea’s rougher edges. It’s super smooth every time and I absolutely love this stuff. I was getting a wee bit tired of it after I’d consumed 9 ounces’ worth, but my fiance and I absolutely can’t get enough of the flavor. So we’re working on a new 3-oz bag. :D
Heaven in a cup, truly!
Flavors: Green, Smooth, Vanilla
I have been through ten ounces or more of this tea and it’s easily among my top favorites. Granted, after about six ounces worth of it without any other flavors, etc, I did tire of it a little but it’s an ongoing love affair. It’s deliciously smooth, sweet, quite naturally vanilla-tasting- no fake tastes here- and the vanilla is a perfect compliment to the green, eradicating any bitterness. It’s very smooth and definitely worth it.
Flavors: Green, Smooth, Vanilla
The aroma is intense and very alluring. We had a whole
box of tea samplers and this one was what my fiance picked first. This is an incredibly richly scented tea!
Fresh from the pot and piping, this is a very smooth black tea at
somehow, it’s so smooth the tongue lies to me and thinks there’s cream in its ingredients. However, there isn’t- and it’s a very full-bodied flavor. The peppermint is not harsh or in-your-face, but it’s like sucking on an actual candy cane. It’s extremely satisfying warm.
Chilled in our cast-iron tetsubin in the fridge for 8 hours while we slept, we had it again just now and the coolness is accentuated by the temperature. This tea is amazing hot or cold, and only loses slight traces of creaminess while cold. The minty candy flavor comes out as fully as when it was warm. If you want an icy blast of candy-cane while walking on a snowy road- you don’t have to! Brew this tea and drink it cold.
Me and my fiance (who is more an energy-drink person) couldn’t stop drinking this! Definitely a winner. :)
Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Peppermint, Sweet
I absolutely love this flavor. Brings me right back to the days of when I used to be at bonfires and having a blast enjoying watching them. Used to be a really nostalgic thing for me to come home loving being drenched in the woodsy scent and having it in my nose/mouth from the exposure.
Well- I absolutely am in heaven with the flavor. I only wish it wasn’t so caffeinated- I only got a half cup down before I wound up with a headache (I’m caffeine-sensitive, but black teas don’t bother me thankfully). So unfortunately I have to pass. My fiance absolutely loves the flavor of this tea.
It’s excellent for blending, though! :)
Flavors: Smoke, Smooth
If you’re looking for an Earl Grey with only a bit of lavender, this is not your cup of tea. When I first tried this tea, I was overwhelmed by the amount of lavender. However, once I put the thought aside that this is supposed to be an Earl Grey, I was able to appreciate this tea on its own. I prefer it with a lot of sugar and milk, but it is good plain as well. I will probably not get this tea again, but only because I’d rather use lavender flowers and a regular Earl Grey to control how much lavender is going into the blend.
Flavors: Cream, Lavender, Vanilla
This is a very light green tea, and coming from someone who prefers smoky, deep green teas, it leaves something to be desired. But it is by no means a bad tea. It has a very mild fruity flavor, and like others have described, it’s rather grassy. I have a large packet of this that I got as a gift from a friend, and while I plan on finishing it off, I do not think I would order this tea again. If you like light and fruity green teas, this is a good tea.
Flavors: Fruity, Grass
Sample from Hoálatha
I found this cup to be very bold with layers of spices. This tea has a very thick mouthfeel. I’m getting a slight astringency in the aftertaste, but overall a very tasty brew. I added a bit of milk halfway through to counteract the astringency—which actually helped the profile of the tea to smooth out a little bit.
3 people tried this one, two of us gave it a low but drinkable rating, one liked it but didn’t love it. It’s that usual Adagio astringent black tea base, with a definite tingly peppermint in there. Peppermint teas don’t usually give me that tingle and this one does. I can see what people mean about a creaminess to it – it doesn’t have a pure peppermint/black tea flavor, but that vanilla or cream is still very slight and it is still a pretty one-dimensional tea. It might be better with a bit of milk to bring out the creaminess. I’ll probably drink the rest as I have just a sample tin, but I’m not interested in more.
Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Peppermint
Out of 4 people with widely ranging tastes, not one of us could drink this! It smelled OK, though just kind of general spices, nothing that made me think of pumpkin. But it tasted like really bitter tea (not the overbrewed type of bitter, just bad tea bitter) with a ton of cloves. It was truly awful. I brewed it the way it was recommended with just a touch more tea. The addition of sugar didn’t help at all. I might try it again with less time (the recommended time did seem too long) but the flavor was so unbalanced I don’t think it will help very much.
Flavors: Bitter, Cloves